Naija And Nigeria: Atiku Highlights The Difference
One word that the Nigerian government does not want Nigerians to use when they talk about the most populous African nation is 'Naija'.
The word, Naija, has in the past decade continued to wax strong, finding its way into the mouths of most young Nigerians and the government has continued to wonder where this word is coming from.
To stifle its use, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Garba Abari, in February this year appealed to Nigerians to stop referring to Nigeria as Najia and keep its originality.
Abari told reporters in Abuja that the new trend of making funky the original name of Nigeria was worrisome and not in the best interest of the country.
Young Nigerians love 'Naija' to an extent that it somethings kills any perceived divide in terms of ethnicity.
Despite their love for this word, many Nigerian cannot categorically tell the difference between Nigeria and the word Naija, but a former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, knows and he wants young Nigerians to also know the meaning.
On Friday, he tweeted the meaning and the difference between Naija and Nigeria on his Twitter handle.
The image which he twitted read: "I do understand your frustration on the issue, however. I tell people my age that to understand young Nigerians, we need to understand the difference between Nigeria and Naija.
"Naija embodies the hopes and dreams of young Nigerians, the country they love and long to go home to when they are abroad.
"Naija is the country that brings them pride in music, film, comedy, fashion and technology.
"It is the country of Wiz Kid, Asa, David O, Tuface, the Olympic bobsled team, Iwobi and Don Jazzy Again.
"Nigeria on the other hand is the country of their parents, the country where leaders are constantly failing them, of Boko Haram, of herdsmen violence, of recession and joblessness.
"Our young people need us to make our country live up to the aspirations of Naija by fixing the problems associated with Nigeria".